Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner

Applied Certificate

Program Overview

Note: This program is suspended effective January 1, 2017. However, students who are currently enrolled may complete their courses this spring. Our new Occupational Health and Safety certificate credential will be available to students on campus and online, with courses starting in September 2017. For more information, see our  revised Occupational Health and Safety certificate page, or contact Nolan Horbach, Program Head, at 306-659-4083 or

Occupational health and safety practitioners are on the front line of health promotion and injury prevention. It’s a career that fits self-directed individuals who want to make a difference—on the job and in the community.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner applied certificate program can provide or enhance career opportunities in federal, provincial or municipal government, in health care, education, natural resources, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, trades, construction and more.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner applied certificate program is offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon Campus and through distance education. The program is designed for individuals looking to entry the OHS profession, those with industry or safety experience who want to expand their career opportunities, and for those focused on obtaining their Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation. The program will provide foundational knowledge and skills in:

  • communication strategies
  • OHS programming
  • principles and practices of adult learning
  • risk analysis and hazard control
  • safety systems

Why Saskatchewan Polytechnic?

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's OHS Practitioner applied certificate program is approved by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (CRSP). 

Flexible Learning Options

The applied certificate program consists of 5 theory-based courses and a unique 36-hour practicum with an OHS professional. The practicum gives you a hands-on, week-long look at the day-to-day operations of a workplace, its safety management system and the role of OHS professionals.

For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Occupational Health and Safety is a career path with remarkable possibilities. As a graduate of Saskatchewan Polytechnic's OHS Practitioner applied certificate program, you’ll have the skills you need for a career with federal, provincial and municipal governments, mining and milling companies, oil and gas companies, health-care facilities, educational institutions, trades, construction and safety associations.

For more information, contact the Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic's campus nearest you or visit

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Start Date(s): September (full-time on-campus); September, January and March (online)


Start Date(s): 13 weeks (on campus); 1 year (online) 

The program must be completed within 5 years. Students must take at least one course per academic year to be considered ongoing in the program. The program also includes a 36-hour practicum. NOTE: Certificate courses may be taken prior to or simultaneously in with Applied Certificate courses.


  • Saskatoon
  • Distance Learning options available


Admission Requirements


  • You must apply to and be accepted into the Occupational Health and Safety Practitioner applied certificate program before you can register for a course. We highly recommend that you apply to the program at least two months prior to the start date of any course you wish to register in, to allow enough time for processing and acceptance before the course begins.
  • Applicants with one year post-secondary education from a recognized educational institution and applicants with journeyperson certification in any trade will be considered to have met the admission requirements.
  • Prior to starting your practicum, the following certificates are required:
    • current Standard First Aid (FAID 1005 or equivalent)
    • CPR Heartsaver "A" AED (CPR 1006 or equivalent)
    • WHMIS (WHMS 1800 or equivalent)
    • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TRAN 1800 or equivalent)

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


  • 80 Arithmetic
  • 80 Reading
  • 75 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.




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EDUC 182
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HLTH 180
Risk Analysis and Hazard Control
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Organizational culture and behaviour directly impact the effectiveness of an occupational health and safety system. Your studies will focus on corporate culture, organization behaviour, risk analysis and hazard identification. Critical thinking skills, problem solving abilities, monitoring strategies and control recommendations will be emphasized.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 191
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
HLTH 181
Occupational Health and Safety Programming
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You will learn to develop an organizational health and safety program and manual. Opportunity to practice evaluating, revising and implementing guidelines and programs will enhance your ability to determine prevention strategies and corrective action plans.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 52.0
Prerequisites(s): HLTH 180, EDUC 182
Equivalent Course(s): HLTH 181CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
PCOM 180
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PRAC 189
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You will preceptor with an occupational health and safety professional. This experience will allow you to apply the theory and skills you learned in previous courses in a work environment.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): HLTH 179, HLTH 189, HUMR 102, LAW 100, SFTY 173, SFTY 175
Equivalent Course(s): PRAC 189CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum-Individual, Prior Learning
SFTY 191
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PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Additional Information

Related Programs

  • This program is suspended effective January 1, 2017
  • Part-Time Delivery

    Some courses in this program might also be offered through part-time programming.

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